We at The Ascent care about your needs during this difficult time and will be continually updating this page with available resources for the duration of COVID-19's impact. We'll be posting daily updates of relief options, personal finances tips, and more. We're here for you and will weather this storm alongside you.
The CARES Act provided a one-time check for millions of Americans. Now a second relief package, the HEROES Act, is working its way through Congress. Learn the latest about the bill and its status.
Look into the benefits you are entitled to receive, such as unemployment. A good place to start is the Department of Human Services website for your state. Many utilities, credit card companies, and other businesses are waiving late fees or interest for those who cannot pay.
We are updating our list of resources available nationally, by industry, and by state daily during this time of high impact.
Coronavirus hardship loans are available through some lenders, banks, and credit unions.
Stimulus checks are available to most Americans as well as extended unemployment benefits and other relief.
Each state has a different process for applying for unemployment. For more info on how to apply, select your state below.
Resources such as special shopping hours and delivery services can help to mitigate risk and protect your health.
While childcare services are currently limited, there are options including babysitting and distance learning that can occupy your child if needed.
Many utility, credit card, and other companies are offering relief right now. Check with each issuer or company to learn the details of their programs.
The novel coronavirus pandemic is currently in the process of shaking the world. Millions of people around the globe are worried about their health -- but COVID-19 is also causing dread around personal finances. The Ascent surveyed over 900 Americans to find out how coronavirus is affecting their finances and how they feel about their current situation.
Nearly all credit card companies are offering some form of relief. Contact your issuer to learn what assistance may be available to you.
Many, if not all, banks are offering relief. Contact your bank to learn what assistance may be available to you.
The coronavirus pandemic can be source of anxiety or depression. If you need immediate assistance there are several online resources that can help.
If you are one of the millions of people struggling to keep up with your mortgage payments, find out what forbearance is and whether it might be an option for you.
There are many steps you can take to protect your financial future. The first and most important step is to avoid taking action out of fear or hoarding goods.
Don't sell investments out of panic or buy more supplies than you need, which could damage your savings or leave you in debt. Instead, try to cut expenses and shore up your savings, and consider taking advantage of historically low interest rates.
With so much uncertainty around the coronavirus, it's difficult to know what the future may look like. Cutting back on unnecessary expenses can help you save money and establish an emergency fund.
Missing even a single payment can be devastating to your credit. That said, nearly all credit card issuers are doing a great job of working with their customers, so give them a call if you're having trouble. You may be able to temporarily suspend payments, which is a much better outcome than missing a payment.
The biggest takeaway is to be financially prepared. Having money saved in an emergency fund can help to cover expenses when unexpected events arise.
It might not be a bad idea to have additional funds and resources right now. Here's what to know.
If you're dipping into your savings to stay afloat during coronavirus, here's how to rebuild afterward.
This pandemic will eventually pass, and life will return to a new normal. What can we learn from the crisis, and how can we be better prepared for the next financial emergency?
There's been a rise in multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes promising quick, easy cash to people who are struggling to make ends meet. Learn to recognize and avoid them.
Many Americans will receive a CARES Act stimulus check. Find out whether a high-yield savings account is the best place to put yours.
We're often warned of the dangers of credit cards, but if you're feeling the pinch, they might be a lifesaver. What’s more, when used responsibly, credit cards could actually save you some money.
Millions of Americans have been laid off during the COVID-19 crisis. If you've kept your job so far but are concerned that you'll soon become unemployed, here are three things you can do to soften the blow.
If you've suffered a job loss -- or just want to be prepared for the next unexpected emergency -- you might be tempted to take out a personal loan. Find out if this is a good idea for you.
Most travel insurance will not cover pandemic-related cancellations. However, you may be covered for medical treatment while abroad, and there are steps you can take to protect future travel plans.
Although many companies have reduced their workforces, a few industries are hiring to account for increased demand for certain products and services.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have the latest. Additionally, our sister site, The Blueprint, has resources for small-business owners during COVID-19.
If you're financially able to do so, ordering food and local goods can help local businesses that have remained open. There are also several cost-free ways to support your community, such as volunteering at a relief center or picking up groceries for high-risk neighbors.
It depends on what you do (or can do), but thanks to online freelance marketplaces like Upwork, it's easier than ever to check.
With many children home from school, now is an excellent time to teach them about budgeting, household duties, how credit cards work, and more.
If you're forced to isolate yourself or your family at home for a few weeks, there are some essential items you'll want on hand. The key is to buy only what you need to avoid hoarding and diminishing supplies for others.
It's always a good time to invest from a long-term perspective, and that's especially true when the market has dropped significantly. That said, in the near term, we don't know whether stocks will drop further or rebound. Make sure you're mentally prepared for both scenarios. For more information on investing check out The Motley Fool.
It can be a challenge to be away from the office, but creating a dedicated workspace and setting a routine can help you stay safe and productive.
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